Who's ready for one thousand and one Arabian nights? Forget Sinbad the sailor and Aladdin's magic lamp – after playing the Kurd or the Arabian Night, you'll have your own adventures to tell!
Your story starts with a trip to the bazaar, the Middle East's famous open air marketplace and meeting place of merchants and craftsmen. There are certainly some curious characters here! In one stall, a goat farmer sells cheese and milk. Across the street, a richly dressed tea and spice merchant loudly proclaims his wares while a barber in a turban discusses the news of the day with his customers. But wait – what's that sound?
A tall, handsome man wearing a full beard and a long robe is singing rajaz
poetry, his deep voice sending his audience in the street into an ecstasy while a tabla drum and violin throb underneath. In the middle of the song, the tabla player gestures, and pulls out a mysterious steel drum engraved with ornate slits. A huge crowd gathers to see and hear the RAV Kurd. This balanced and remarkably versatile scale – named for the Kurdish people – is based on an Arabic maqam,
or melodic mode, but is equally at home in Western and world music. An abundance of notes and chords makes it a great choice for improvising, either solo or with an ensemble. RAV Vast B Kurd (G) (B2) F#3 G3 A3 B3 C#4 D4 E4 F#4 A4
Chords: B minor, F# minor, G major, A major, D major, E minorRAV Vast B Arabian Night(B2) F#3 G3 A#3 B3 C#4 D4 F4 F#4
Chords: B minor, F# minor, G major, A major, D major.